Taj Mahal will be restored to original glory thanks to environmental and cultural push

July 26, 2018 by  
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The Taj Mahal, India’s world-famous monument to love, is sparking a powerful environmental and national heritage movement due to the extreme pollution turning the iconic white building yellow and green. The building’s location in Agra – which ranks eighth on the World Health Organization ‘s (WHO) list of most polluted cities – has proven less than ideal when it comes to staying pollution-free. Now, India’s Supreme Court is pushing for better pollution protections in order to preserve the mausoleum’s majesty. WHO reported that, as of 2016, “92% of the world’s population lives in places where air quality levels exceed WHO’s Ambient Air Quality guidelines.” It should come as no surprise, then, that the Taj Mahal’s striking white marble is being dyed yellow and green. The nearby Yamuna River also has trash covering its banks, and smog from tanneries and factories further pollutes the surrounding air. Outcries against this environmental and cultural desecration of the beloved mausoleum have prompted India’s government to take swift action. The country’s Supreme Court is leading the charge, with a proposal to ban all plastics, as well as pollution-emitting factories and construction zones, around the building. Related: Uranium-contaminated groundwater found throughout India In addition, the court justices are advocating for a switch to electric and hydrogen vehicles for the area’s residents, as well as a restoration of green cover within the Taj Mahal’s grounds. Those who wish to visit the structure in its most authentic form need not worry, as “replacing present day lawns with tree cover as it existed originally will increase the biomass,” according to a draft document of the plan. In the past “there have been various studies, various plans, but they have not been implemented in right earnest in a coordinated manner,” explained Divay Gupta of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH). This time, though, the justices have said that authorities should either restore the structure or tear it down – and we sincerely hope they choose the former. +WHO +INTACH Via Reuters Images via Shutterstock

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What Supreme Court shakeup means for climate change

February 18, 2016 by  
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The Clean Power Plan hangs in the balance following the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

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What the Supreme Court shakeup means for climate change

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The Clean Power Plan hangs in the balance following the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

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British Airways readies for takeoff on aviation emissions cuts

February 18, 2016 by  
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One jumbo-jet sized hole in the Paris Climate Agreement, aviation industry emissions, is the subject of a new corporate target from an industry sustainability laggard.

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Why the fate of our climate could rest on Justice Scalia’s replacement

February 16, 2016 by  
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Since Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s sudden death last weekend, there’s been a glut of articles analyzing what his absence means for the balance of power in the US Supreme Court. One writer taking a bold stance is Maddie Stone, who asserts in a piece for Gizmodo that “Scalia’s death may have saved the planet” from the looming catastrophe of climate change . Of course matters aren’t entirely that simple; we don’t yet know who will be nominated to replace Scalia, or if Congressional Republicans will even allow a new nominee to be appointed. Read the rest of Why the fate of our climate could rest on Justice Scalia’s replacement

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Seattle design covers ugly highway with an elevated park and affordable housing

February 16, 2016 by  
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Supreme Court halts Obama’s limits on power plant emissions

June 30, 2015 by  
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A lot of people are thrilled with the Supreme Court after the landmark decision to support gay marriage rights, but President Barack Obama might have mixed feelings about the justices for other reasons. In another, quieter decision handed down on June 29, the Supreme Court blocked Obama’s plan to limit emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants from coal-fired power plants. This decision will make it more difficult for the Environmental Protection Agency to meet its goal to cut power plant emissions 30 percent by 2030. Read the rest of Supreme Court halts Obama’s limits on power plant emissions Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: carbon emissions , environmental protection agency , epa , epa regulations , power plant emissions , president barack obama , supreme court , supreme court blocks carbon emissions limits , supreme court blocks clean air act , supreme court blocks epa

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New Contraceptive Implant Could Give Women Wireless Control Over Their Own Fertility

July 30, 2014 by  
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While corporations like Hobby Lobby have been battling to take away women’s choices when it comes to contraception, the Gates Foundation and MicroCHIPS Inc. strive to give women full control over their own reproduction. MicroCHIPS is in the process of developing a contraceptive implant that can be controlled wirelessly and, unlike contraceptive implants like IUD’s, would only need to be replaced every 16 years or so. Even better, the implant can be controlled by the wearer, allowing women, and not their employers, to determine when and how they decide to use their birth control. Read the rest of New Contraceptive Implant Could Give Women Wireless Control Over Their Own Fertility Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: contraception , contraception technology , contraceptive health care , contraceptive implant , Gates Foundation contraception , Gates Foundation contraceptive implant , health care , Hobby Lobby , Hobby Lobby contraception , Hobby Lobby contraceptive implant , Hobby Lobby reproduction , Hobby Lobby Supreme Court , hormone implant , medication implant , MicroCHIPS contraception , MicroCHIPS contraceptive implant , remote control contraception , wireless control contraception

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Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to EPA’s Regulation of Power Plant Emissions

October 16, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge that could threaten the Obama administration’s progress towards limiting emissions from some of the nation’s largest polluters. While Obama proposed historic legislation last month that would require new power plants to drastically reduce their emissions , the legal challenge seeks to overturn its less-stringent 2011 predecessor—a law which requires power plants to apply for permits to release greenhouse gases . Read the rest of Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to EPA’s Regulation of Power Plant Emissions Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: barack obama , carbon pollution , clean air act , coal plants , environmental protection agency , epa , greenhouse gases , permit emissions , petition , pollutants , president obama , supreme court        

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Monsanto Wins $84,456 in US Supreme Court Case Against an Indiana Farmer

May 14, 2013 by  
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Farming will never be the same after the United States Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor of Monsanto in a seed patenting case against an Indiana farmer that some had hoped would break the company’s monopoly on modern agriculture. Monsanto sued Vernon Bowman after he purchased their Roundup Ready Soybeans from a grain elevator to plant a late second crop, The Guardian reports . Bowman argued that the patent was exhausted since he bought the seeds from a third party, but the corporate giant said he had agreed not to save any of the harvest for replanting when he entered into a contract to purchase their seeds. Justice Elena Kagan agreed that patent exhaustion did not apply in this case and the court ordered Bowman to pay $84,456. Read the rest of Monsanto Wins $84,456 in US Supreme Court Case Against an Indiana Farmer Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Environment , farming , genetically modified organisms , GMO , Indiana farmer , Indiana Farmer loses to Monsanto , Monsanto , News , patent exhaustion , roundup ready , Supreme Court agriculture case , US seed patenting        

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